Location: University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Please join us for the next AFRICAP knowledge-sharing seminar/webinar, co-hosted with the University of Leeds Cheney Fellowship Programme on Wednesday 29 May at 1pm-2.15pm UK time.
Guest speaker: Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, AFRICAP Regional Policy Officer and University of Leeds Cheney Fellow
Title: Driving transformational change in agri-food systems: a multi-stakeholder approach
Location: Worsley Seminar Room 8.34a / Register for webinar here
Chair: Dr Claire Quinn, Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management, University of Leeds
Overview: Poverty, hunger and malnutrition in Africa are amplified by ineffective policies and a lack of leadership to drive policy implementation efforts. This must change if the continent is to achieve an increased understanding, uptake and implementation of policy that is impactful, coherent, and inclusive to attain food and nutrition security. Independent policy research institutions, such as local and regional think tanks, are in a unique position to enhance public policy debates and promote more objective, evidence-based decision-making that makes real, sustained improvements in people’s lives. In sub-Saharan Africa, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), a regional multi-stakeholder policy research and advocacy think tank, is at the heart of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policy development and leadership. FANRPAN has an unparalleled legacy within the FANR policy space in sub-Saharan Africa with several success stories that span across contexts and spheres of governance. In this seminar, Ms Mwamakamba will reflect on FANRPAN’s vast experience of policy influence to promote an on-going interdisciplinary global dialogue on how to drive transformational change in agri-food systems in Sub Saharan Africa.
Speaker bio: Sithembile coordinates FANRPAN’s climate smart agriculture policy research and advocacy projects. Her work focuses on enhancing the research to policy and practice interface to help raise investment in, and policy support for climate-smart agriculture. She manages a portfolio of programs that include projects on Irrigation Water Management, Post-harvest Management, and Climate Smart Resilient Agriculture. Sithembile holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town.